What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR is the new European legal framework for the protection of personal data. The key point is that it’s a regulation.  Our current law, the Data Protection Act, comes from a European directive. When that directive was implemented it was left to each member state to interpret and implement it into local law, so we ended up with a mishmash of data protection laws across Europe, making us a difficult continent to do business with. The GDPR is an expansion of existing principles, but there are some updates.  First, there’s the Right to Be
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What is a fully managed IT service?

Fully managed IT is a proactive solution designed to improve your business processes and enable you to achieve your business goals. In this article we will look at some of the components of a fully managed IT service which help to maximise business productivity:   Unlimited support Our fully managed service includes unlimited helpdesk and on-site support. Nothing is left to chance. Cast-iron Service Level Agreements ensure helpdesk support cases are prioritised to provide an appropriate level of response within a guaranteed time. Whilst we will always endeavour to resolve issues remotely, there are some instances where an onsite presence is absolutely necessary. As a
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Ransomware is evolving

Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated and whilst criminals continue to earn hundreds of millions every year, the problem is likely to get far worse before it gets any better. The focus of ransomware threats are also shifting from home users to business and public bodies where significantly larger ransom demands can be made. This places an even greater emphasis on ensuring that your business infrastructure is as robust as possible to mitigate the likelihood of an infection. Some ransomware statistics: – 1 in 7 emails contain some form of Ransomware – 300 new threats every minute – Cryptolocker is believed to have
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Tough Mudder Success!

Following a monumental team effort (and a brief visit to the British Red Cross tent!) we are delighted to announce that we smashed our £1,200 target and raised £1,510 for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. Thank you to everyone who pledged donations allowing us to raise money for this fantastic charity. Unfortunately, our energy reserves were completely depleted once we crossed the finish line and as a result we forgot to take any photos once we had finished. Here we are waiting to set off:
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Backup v Disaster Recovery

Protecting your business data is essential for any business irrespective of size, industry and location. But how frequently do you review your backup strategy and ensure it is still fit for purpose? How often do you perform a test restore? Do you have a disaster recovery policy? In this article we will discuss the importance of disaster recovery rather than simply backup. We’ll also explain how to quickly evaluate your internal recovery process and downtime costs to ensure you find the best solution for your needs. Cost of downtime Have you ever calculated your cost of downtime per hour? Despite the financial
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Change of bank details

We have moved bank from RBS to Handelsbanken, could you therefore please update our details on your systems to the following: Bank: Handelsbanken Account Number: 78966561 Sort Code: 40-51-62 Any queries please let us know – 03333 442482 or accounts@avalon-it.co.uk
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Charity Tough Mudder Challenge 2016

August 6, 2016 – less than two months to go … Shamefully, it wasn’t until Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance became customers of AVALON IT that we fully understood how brilliant they are. Covering a huge geography including large areas of agricultural landscape, their work captured our imagination and our charity challenge was born. After loosely discussing some options, I was invited to participate with my colleagues in a Tough Mudder. Unaware of such an activity, I researched the event which, whilst demanding looked challenging but fun. As the event got closer, and to my horror it became apparent that
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Lincolnshire Business Expo

  Thursday 21st January 2016 sees Avalon IT and Active8 Managed technologies join forces to showcase our businesses at the Lincoln Expo. With more than 60 Exhibitors and circa 750 people attending we hope to meet and discuss the power of our collaboration as the most dynamic Managed Services business in Lincolnshire. Specialising in IT services, Hosted Telephony and Managed Print Services we are best placed to provide national service out of our regional branch structure. We look forward to seeing there!
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The rising threat of CEO impersonation emails

In recent months, there has been a significant increase in a specific type of fraud used to embezzle money from companies of all sizes. This simple, yet highly effective fraud, exploits finance functions where there is often a lack of suspicion and awareness to these types of schemes – called CEO fraud it has already cost some organisations over £3,000,000. In one specific case cyber thieves stole $46.7 million from networking vendor Ubiquiti – http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/08/tech-firm-ubiquiti-suffers-46m-cyberheist/   Hallmark features of the scam skilful impersonation of a CEO or other senior executive of the victim company; •     a request, usually to the finance department of
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30 years of Microsoft Windows …

30 years ago today, on November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched Windows 1.0 for IBM-based PCs. The 16-bit graphical user interface-based operating system was the first in the Windows line which continues to this day with this year’s release of Windows 10. Here’s a look back on some major milestones from those 30 years: Windows 1 Back in 1985, Windows 1.0 required two floppy disks, 256 kilobytes of memory, and a graphics card. If you wanted to run multiple programs, then you needed a PC with a hard disk and 512 kilobytes of memory. Windows 2 Windows 2.0 allowed application windows to
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